4 out of 4 stars
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In a magical room, a marvelous transformation occurs every midnight on the grand grandfather’s clock. The clock creatures, having comical figures like tiny acrobats, jesters, clowns, and magicians, come to life. One night, Spot, Sugarcandy’s friend, arrives at the harlequin’s house with great news. There is an extraordinary event happening, and everyone is excited about it. The storm-maidens have prepared their loom and will be weaving the deep magic.
However, something unfortunate occurs. Someone broke into the star temple and stole the sibyl’s starlight ring, leading to the disappearance of the brilliance of the stars. The White Harlequin chronicles the mission of Sugarcandy, the harlequin, and Spot, the donkeytaur, to find the villain and recover the ring. Additionally, other amusing characters with important roles join them, as the mission is critical.
Daphne Yakinthou weaves a tale that will capture the imagination of children from the first down to the final page. While everything points towards and works to drive the primary mission, there are other exciting stories within the main one. Both Sugarcandy and Spot reminisce about their childhoods. There are sweet, melodious poems with nice rhymes as well.
I am glad the ending was unexpected but totally satisfying. Several twists and turns make the story more captivating, as there is always something unforeseen. There are valuable lessons to be drawn from the story, including friendship, teamwork, creativity, and much more. Parents, guardians, or educators may have to clarify others. Equally, the silly explanations for some phenomena will amuse children. Most will leave them laughing aloud. What causes nightmares? What about sweet dreams?
I have nothing negative to say about the book. It is fascinating and humorous with lots of magic, and the illustrations are charming. I discovered a few minor errors, primarily because I was keen to spot them. As a result, I rate the book four out of four stars. It is most suitable for children aged eight to twelve years.
The White Harlequin
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